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Colin Murphy: Track/5112 in area near Croaghacullin, Donegal SW (Ireland)
Challenging enough ascent of two Carns
Ascent: 608m, Length: 11.8km, Creator time taken: 4h45m
Descent: 607m, Time predicted from Naismith's rule: 3h 22m + breaks
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Places Start at G69037 77445, Croaghacullin, Crownarad, end at Start
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[RWD version 1 ] A fairly challenging route that takes in two Carns and offers some amazing views. I found I could just squeeze a car over by the side of the road without blocking anyone at the junction of two minor roads – and next to where the track starts.
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Track to the col.
I followed the excellent track north for about 3.5km, which took me to the col between the two hills and about 340m elevation. Things got a bit rougher after that, as I headed NE towards Croaghcullin – mostly grass & rock but with quite a few boggy patches, although nothing too challenging.
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The approach to Croaghcullin from col.
The views all around are wonderful. Although in theory you only have about 60m climbing from the col, in reality there are an awful lot of ups and downs – gaining 30m then immediately losing 20m etc, which adds considerably to the climb.
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View from Croaghcullin summit area
The highpoint is unmarked but distinct – boulders and grass. Returned to col via same route then began the steepish ascent of Crownarad. My ascent was initially through heather, clumpy grass and some peat hags (which I avoided on the descent by veering NE) but this eventually turns into a grassy/rocky slope. More great views of the sweeping Glenaddragh Valley to the west on ascent.
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Glenaddragh Valley
The summit area is quite defined and marked by a trig. It also offers tremendous views over Donegal Bay and in every direction in fact. You also have the option of taking in the unlisted Crownarad SW Top, which will add a further 4km to your trip. A longish walk down and back along the track and finished just shy of 5 hours.
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Crownarad summit overlooking Donegal Bay.
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Uploaded on: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 (17:52:41), Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/track/5112/
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